A health warning has been issued to people in Kirklees at risk of diabetes.

Around 27,000 people are living with type 2 diabetes in Kirklees and a further 20,000 are thought to be at risk of developing the condition.

It is estimated that around 4.9 million people in the UK are currently living with diabetes and the NHS in Kirklees is supporting Diabetes Week 2021 which runs from June 14-20.

GP practices have been inviting patients who have had blood tests in the last two years which show they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to join the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. By joining the behavioural change programme, people receive support in a friendly and supportive environment to adjust their lifestyle.

The programme is designed to put health back in the hands of patients by supporting them to make small lifestyle changes, get more physically active and lose weight. 

Dr Khalid Naeem, clinical chair for Kirklees CCG and a local GP (pictured above), said: “Diabetes is a potentially serious condition that can cause long-term health issues.

“Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes but there are certain factors that increase the risk. This includes being overweight, over 40 years of age and your family history. Younger people from a black or Asian minority ethnic group also have a higher chance of developing the condition.”

People interested in knowing if they are at risk of developing the condition can use the Diabetes UK online risk tool. It takes just a few minutes. Search ‘Know Your Risk’ online.

Common symptoms of diabetes

  • Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night.
  • Being really thirsty.
  • Feeling more tired than usual.
  • Losing weight without trying to.
  • Intimate itching.
  • Cuts and wounds take longer to heal.
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Increased hunger.